Village-based crews used a bulldozer and a repurposed 5,000-pound steel plate to clear a road through a huge ice jumble as communities up and down the Kuskokwim River prepare for the region’s prime winter event: the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race.Lisa Demer
Entrance into national parks nationwide will be free on Monday, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The National Parks Service will waive fees for eight other days in 2015, too.ociated Press

Meet the sport of speedriding: a cross between skydiving and skiing in which participants can reach speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

Alaska Dispatch News
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a woman who managed to swim to shore after falling from a canoe in Southeast Alaska's Tongass Narrows, but then became stranded there, according to an agency press release.Alaska Dispatch News
The 300-mile Copper Basin Sled Dog Race began on Saturday in Glennallen. Alaska Dispatch News
A Homer District Court judge found state wildlife biologist Jason Herreman not guilty of illegally hunting a moose on the Kenai Peninsula.Jerzy Shedlock
The Kincaid Park hunt still must be approved by the Board of Game. A final hurdle is likely to be the municipality of Anchorage, which has allowed some strictly regulated moose hunting in Chugiak parks. Rick Sinnott
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